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Man gets beatdown after refusing permission for marriage August 27, 2014

Sheriff’s deputies say an Ocalan beat an older man Monday who refused to give him permission to get married.

James Kane, 40, faces a charge of felony domestic battery on a person over 65, according to a Marion County Sheriff’s Office report.

sfl-flduh-beatdown-marriage-20140826-001Kane told Deputy Doreen Casolo he asked the 72-year-old man for permission to marry a girlfriend and the older man said no. That made him angry, Kane said, and he punched the man repeatedly.

The victim had cuts on his face, including his cheek and the middle of his forehead. His face was also red and bruised.

The older man told deputies he had fallen down the stairs and did not want to press any charges because Kane has bipolar disorder and had not been taking his medications, according to the report. The man said Kane did take his medicine on the day of the incident.

Kane was arrested and taken to the Marion County Jail.

Deputies did not explain the relationship between the two men.

 

Man hit Home Depot employee with faucet August 19, 2014

http---Hidden-Past.com-Images-placeholderA Pinellas Park man was arrested recently after police said he attacked a Home Depot employee with a faucet.

Pinellas Park police said Timothy S. Dexter, 54, entered the Home Depot, 4040 Park Blvd., on Thursday and asked an employee for help.

The employee told Dexter she was on break and turned to walk away.

Police said Dexter then grabbed the woman by the arm. The woman yelled “Don’t put your hands on me,” according to an arrest report.

“As the victim pulled away,” an officer wrote in the report, “the defendant then struck her in the left buttocks area with a boxed faucet.”

Dexter was arrested on a battery charge.

 

Here’s something you evidently don’t want to do: use Thomas Steffen’s favorite cup

THOMAS_STEFFEN_mug-208x300hat appears to be what sparked a confrontation that ultimately left Steffen’s brother with bruising and redness and Steffen in lock-up, according to statements in a recently released arrest affidavit.

Port St. Lucie police on Aug. 2 went to an address in the 1600 block of Southwest Tivan Lane and spoke to Steffen’s brother and his girlfriend.

They said Steffen, 25, came in while they were in bed naked and began “screaming at (Steffen’s brother) about him using his favorite drinking cup,” the affidavit states.

A cup is a flat-bottomed vessel designed to hold beverages for human consumption. Cup varieties include the mug, chalice, highball, cannikin, pilsener, cordial, tankard, demitasse, goblet, grail, stein, teacup and tumbler. There’s also the storied “pimp cup,” a highly-ornate drink receptacle famously toted by the rapper Snoop Dog.

A cup features prominently in the video for “Cups,” a popular song from the 2012 film “Picture Perfect,” and in the traditional magic trick known as “cups and balls.”

In measuring terms, a cup is equivalent to 8 ounces.

Meanwhile, Steffen’s brother told police that Steffen started pushing him then charged him and grabbed him in a bear hug.

Steffen’s brother said he was able to push Steffen off him. He hit Steffen in the eye after Steffen again charged him.

Steffen told police he went in his brother’s room, pushing and tackling him.

A description of Steffen’s favorite drinking cup wasn’t listed. It’s also unclear whether a straw was involved.

Steffen, of the 1600 block of Southwest Tivan Lane in Port St. Lucie, was arrested on a misdemeanor battery charge.

 

This momma apparently found herself in the hot seat with cops — the same place she apparently left her baby

Filed under: Abuse,Alcohol,Bad Mother,Child Abuse,Dangerous Nut,Dumb,WTF? — floridaduh @ 3:39 pm

A 34-year-old Lake County woman was arrested this weekend after leaving her baby in a car while she shopped for liquor and cigarettes, police said.

sfl-flduh-mom-booze-run-20140818-001Shannon Mixer of Umatilla faces child abuse charges after a witness said she left her 1-year-old daughter in her car for nearly 20 minutes Sunday afternoon.

Police said the temperature outside exceeded 90 degrees about 2 p.m. Sunday. The witness said he was walking through the parking lot of a Publix shopping center off U.S. Highway 441 when he saw the child. The unlocked car was still running and the air conditioning was on, so he waited several minutes before calling police.

Mixer came back to the car just as police arrived. The little girl was sweating and the car was “uncomfortably warm,” with the temperature inside wavering being 91 and 93 degrees, the report said.

Mixer told investigators that she didn’t think leaving the child in the car was a problem because she left the car running. She admitted to leaving the child in the car at least six times in the past, including once earlier that same day.

“I left Burger King and I wanted to go get me some liquor,” the report said Mixer told police. “So I went to L J’s [Lounge and Package liquor store] and she was sleeping so I ran in. I was in there two to three minutes, ran back out to check on her, she was fine then I ran into Publix for some cigarettes. Inside I noticed there was Gatorade on sale and bought that.”

She said she was in the store about seven minutes Sunday. The little girl’s father took her home after Mixer’s arrest.

 

When ‘love thy neighbor’ can be a double-edged sword August 18, 2014

Filed under: Abuse,Bad Temper,Controversy,Dangerous Nut,Dispute,Fight,Knives,Scary,WTF? — floridaduh @ 1:40 pm

A 43-year-old Fort Walton Beach man is charged with threatening a woman with a sword after an argument over him having sex with the neighbor.

sfl-flduh-neighbor-sex-sword-20140815-001Okaloosa County Sheriff’s deputies were called to a West Sunset Boulevard residence for a disturbance, according to the arrest report. The victim told deputies that she and Michael Lee Young had gotten into an argument regarding Young having sex with the neighbor.

She said Young had struck her in the face and kicked her in the stomach before grabbing “a long sword,” the report said. Young waved the sword “in an aggressive manner” and pointed it at the victim as if he was going to stab her.

He then said, “Don’t make me do it! I will!” According to the report, the woman feared for her life and ran out of the house screaming for help.

Young said he picked up the sword and waved it while arguing with the woman, the report said.

He is charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon without the intention to kill.

 

In Florida, the cops can come inside your own home kill you over $2 worth of pot, and still be “acting properly” August 17, 2014

Filed under: Abuse,Amazing,Controversy,Death,Disgusting,Disrespectful,Dumb,Scary,Sick,WTF? — floridaduh @ 2:59 pm

A Tampa Police Department internal review has concluded that SWAT team officers acted appropriately when they fatally shot a 29-year-old Seminole Heights man during an unsuccessful drug raid.

b2s_swatia081614b_13390539_8colThe review, documented in a 415-page file provided to the Tampa Bay Times in response to a public records request, found that police Cpl. Eric Wasierski and Officer Edwin Perez “feared for their lives and the safety of others” when they shot Jason Westcott to death in his home on the night of May 27.

Police had been conducting a narcotics investigation of Westcott and hoped to find large quantities of marijuana in his house. The search yielded only 0.2 grams — or about $2 worth — of pot, in addition to paraphernalia such as a digital scale, plastic baggies and jars with marijuana residue.

During the raid, according to the internal investigation, officers opened the door to Westcott’s bedroom and found him on the other side with a loaded, 9mm Taurus Slim pistol. Wasierski and Perez said they immediately shot him because he began to raise the weapon.

An autopsy corroborated their account, indicating that Westcott was initially shot with his right shoulder pointed forward and his right arm lifted partway up his body.

“Based on a thorough review of the totality of the circumstances and the evidence present, it is clear that both Wasierski and Perez were in the unfortunate situation of having to utilize deadly force for their protection and the protection of others,” Deputy Chief Brian Dugan wrote in a memo.

The Hillsborough State Attorney’s Office had concluded in June that the police officers were justified in shooting Westcott.

Westcott’s mother, Patti Silliman of New Port Richey, said she doubted the Police Department’s ability to review its own actions and was still troubled by “inaccuracies and inconsistencies” in the official account of her son’s death.

“Words cannot describe the pain that this tragedy has caused our family,” Silliman said.

Westcott, a motorcycle mechanic who lived at 906 W Knollwood St. with his boyfriend, had no state criminal record besides driving offenses and a misdemeanor marijuana possession arrest dating back 11 years.

No neighbors had complained to police about the house, although Westcott himself called police late last year because he learned that several men were plotting to break in and rob him.

In February, according to police records, an informer began buying marijuana from Westcott on behalf of narcotics detectives, purchasing $160 of pot over about four months.

Detectives said they learned from the confidential source that Westcott had a gun with him during the drug deals, and so enlisted a tactical response team to take him into custody.

The internal review gives the following account of the raid:

On May 27, a BearCat armored car carried SWAT officers to Westcott’s home. As they exited the vehicle and walked toward the front door, Cpl. Bryan Felts, the team leader, loudly announced, “Police, search warrant,” according to multiple officers present.

At the door, Felts knocked and announced the police team at least three more times, team members said. When nobody answered, the officers let themselves in — the door was unlocked.

Westcott’s boyfriend, Israel Reyes, was on a couch in the living room. The first officers inside moved past him to the closed bedroom door.

Wasierski, who was carrying a shotgun, opened the door and immediately saw Westcott on the other side raising a gun.

“I immediately saw … a white arm with the pistol coming toward me,” he later told investigators. “So I’m fearing this guy’s about to shoot me or this — this gun’s gonna fire at me. So I squeeze two off.”

Wasierski then fired a third round. Perez, behind him, fired his handgun twice. Westcott was hit by one bullet from the pistol and two shotgun slugs; his fatal torso wound came from a shotgun slug, according to the autopsy report.

Wasierski said he did not have time to tell Westcott to drop the gun, while Perez said, “I don’t recall if I had enough time to say ‘drop the gun’ or anything.”

Reyes was taken into custody and later released. He was not charged with a crime.

 

In today’s episode of “No Good Deed Goes Unpunished” August 14, 2014

A woman was kidnapped, beaten and robbed after volunteering for the needy with her church group, according to the Ocala Police Department.

Ocala-Kidnapping-weapon-photo2-pngTara Barnes, 69, told officers that she had just finished providing meals for people near Northwest 3rd Street and North Magnolia Avenue Monday night and was leaving in her car when a man appeared in the backseat and told her to drive, according to the incident report.

Apparently homeless himself, the attacker told Barnes, “You rich (expletive) think we need your help.”

A short time later, the assailant told her to stop on the side of the road, put a rope around her neck and dragged her out of the car, police said.

Police said the attacker, who Barnes described as a white man with a rancid odor, also held her at knifepoint, beat her with a leather club and yelled obscenities at her.

At one point, the assailant held his hand over Barnes’ mouth and when Barnes bit him, he removed her dentures and threw them out of the car window, according to the incident report.

The assailant then forced Barnes to park in the Kmart parking lot on State Road 40 where he robbed her and beat her again until she lost consciousness, police said.

A short time later, Barnes awoke alone in the car, went to a nearby cellphone store and called 911.

Barnes was transported to the Munroe Regional Medical Center where she was treated for several contusions and bruises to her face, arms and stomach.

Police searched the area but said they do not have any leads or suspects in this crime.

Barnes was discharged from the hospital around 9 p.m. Tuesday.

 

 
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